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Old 03-26-2014, 04:13 PM   #1
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Hi all, I just purchased a new sunset trail st270bh and was wondering if someone could help me out with the type of generator I should purchase. I mainly need it for the outdoor beer fridge but I may want to fire up the AC unit from time to time. I was hoping to buy the 2000 watt Honda generator, given that it is so light and quiet. Has anyone actually hooked up a 2000 watt generator to this AC unit.


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Old 03-26-2014, 04:29 PM   #2
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2000 watt not enough to start most AC units. I have not pulled the trigger yet since we haven't primitive camped in years but this is the unit I'm looking at...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-73538i-Cha...#ht_1574wt_916

A Champion company warehouse/repair center is 20 min from my house, so I'm leaning towards their product. You can also find these new, but you run around $1100. These produce clean, quiet power.
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2000 will not work with a 15K a/c unit. I would look into this unit.

http://www.farmandfleet.com/products...A#.UzNWXfldXuI

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...enerator/70829
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I have a Champion 4000W RV generator that I really like. It only weighs 100# and is not much noisier than my Honda EU2000i.
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Old 03-26-2014, 05:03 PM   #5
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I have a Champion 4000W RV generator that I really like. It only weighs 100# and is not much noisier than my Honda EU2000i.
Same as I have and love it.
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Old 03-26-2014, 06:58 PM   #6
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3000 running watts seems to be the required minimum amount if you plan to run your AC.
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Old 03-26-2014, 07:08 PM   #7
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Good idea to link them together. I never thought about that. I'll probably consider buying two 2000 watt hondas as they are the same price for one 3000 watt. The hondas are pricey but it feels as if you get a lifetime warranty with a honda engine. Anyone ever have a problem with a honda generator?
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Old 03-26-2014, 07:26 PM   #8
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I also have the Champion 2000w and it's quite and runs nice. It will not run the air unless you get two. One thing I'd did notice with the Champion is that it goes into overload very easy and I have not tried it on my new ST30RE but on my Jayco it did not work well with my microwave.
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Old 03-26-2014, 07:36 PM   #9
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Hondas

You will find a ton of threads on gennys. I have two honda 2000 watt. I personally wouldn't go any other way. The flexibility they give is great. One is enough for everything but the AC. On my last RV, one honda was enough to run the AC but not on my sunset trail. I did install a hard start capacitor in hopes it would help but it didn't. There is a lot of the web that covers AC's and how hard they are to run depends a lot on temp. and altitude. The higher up you are, the harder it is to start an AC. Same goes for the hotter it is the harder it is to start.
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If you are looking at running parallel units, make sure the combined wattage is enough to run your AC (there's about a 1,000 opinions on this and mine is about 3,000 W for a 13,500 BTU AC unit and 3,500 W for a 15,000 BTU).

I'm selling my Honda eu3000is since it's become too heavy (or I've gotten old) at 130 lbs. Looking to get a pair of smaller units.

Some of the less expensive paralleling generators do not double the output. For example, the Champion 2,000 W units combine to make only 3,000 W.
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